What is DiscoverGiving?
DiscoverGiving is a classroom philanthropy project from TisBest. DiscoverGiving
guides students through a hands-on giving experience using fun, engaging activities
designed to foster altruism and spark a lifelong appreciation for the power of generosity.
Who teaches the DiscoverGiving lesson?
DiscoverGiving lessons are taught by 3rd-6th grade elementary school teachers. Anyone
can purchase a kit and give it to a teacher. The teacher then determines when and
how to integrate the lesson into his or her regular curriculum.
Do I have to be a teacher to order a Classroom Giving Kit?
No. Anyone can purchase a kit and give it to a 3rd-6th grade teacher. To learn more
about sponsoring a classroom, see our Parents or Sponsors section below.
What is included in the Classroom Giving Kit?
The DiscoverGiving Classroom Giving Kit has everything needed to quickly and easily
spark conversation and curiosity in students about philanthropy including:
- Teacher’s quick start guide and intro letter
- $1.00 TisBest Charity Gift Card for each student
- “I Can Change The World” button for each student
- DiscoverGiving teacher packet:
- Lesson plans for grades 3-6*
- Current events news article
- Vocabulary word cards
- Parent information sheets
- 18x24” classroom poster (not pictured)
*Classroom Giving Kits are currently available for grades 3-6.
Is my purchase tax-deductible?
Yes. The person who buys a Classroom Giving Kit gets the opportunity for a tax deduction.
TisBest Philanthropy is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charity under EIN 20-8630809.
Please consult with your tax advisor for specific advice about taking tax deductions.
Do you mail the Classroom Giving Kit to me or to the teacher?
You choose during the ordering process. We can send the Classroom Giving Kit directly
to the teacher or we can send the Classroom Giving Kit to you, and you can deliver
it to the teacher personally.
What information do I need to provide about the teacher who will be receiving the
Classroom Giving Kit?
Please provide the teacher’s name and email address, grade level he or she teaches,
and the number of students in the class.
Can I sponsor classroom in my area, even if I am not directly connected to teacher?
Yes! We would be happy to help you connect a classroom in your community. Email
us at DiscoverGiving@TisBest.org
to get started.
What does a typical lesson entail?
Here is sample one-hour lesson schedule:
Class discussion: Introducing philanthropy (5 minutes)
Activity: Spend a TisBest Charity Gift Card (15 minutes)
Class discussion: How can I make a difference? (10 minutes)
Activity: Literacy-building with informational text (15 minutes)
Activity: Vocabulary word card (10 minutes)
Wrap-Up: Lesson recap with “I Can Change The World” buttons (5 minutes)
Can I see a sample activity?
Enrichment Activity #2: Reading
Reading informational text (15 minutes)
Pass out copies of the April 2013 article from the Huffington Post: “Olivia Peters’
Letter Saves Surrey Forest.” Introduce the article by telling the class that this
is a new story about a 12-year-old girl from Canada who was upset that her city
planned to cut down trees near her home, so she decided to do something about it.
Give the students time to read the article, and then ask the following questions
to deepen comprehension and encourage valuable discussion:
“Why did Olivia feel like her voice needed to be heard?”
“Why do you think Olivia’s letter helped change the housing development plans?”
“What inspires you the most about Olivia’s story?”
Does the DiscoverGivng curriculum meet Common Core State Standards?
Yes, participation in the DiscoverGiving lesson and enrichment activities meet the
following Common Core standards:
The following Common Core standards are met by participating in the DiscoverGiving
lesson and enrichment activities:
I’m teaching a DiscoverGiving lesson; will I know which charities my students choose
Yes. During the redemption process your student is asked to send a note to you explaining
why they chose to support that charity. These notes are automatically emailed to
you the moment your students completes the redemption process.
Do students really get to donate $1 to the charity of their choice?
Yes. Each $1.00 TisBest Charity Gift Card represents one real dollar held by TisBest
Philanthropy. TisBest sends 100% of each student donation to the charity they chose
What is a TisBest Charity Gift Card?
A TisBest Charity Gift works like any other gift card, except that instead of buying
stuff, the recipient of a charity gift card spends it to support a charity of their
choice. Visit the TisBest homepage to learn more about how you can use a TisBest
Charity Gift Card.
How do the students make their donation?
Students use their TisBest Charity Gift Card through the TisBest website at www.TisBest.org/Kids.
The donation process is secure, and TisBest does not collect personal information
about students during the redemption process. Once TisBest is notified of the student’s
donation, a check or ACH deposit is sent to the charity the student chose to support
during our regular distribution times.
To preview the redemption process, go to www.TisBest.org/Kids and use this demo
How much of the students’ donations actually go to charity?
Charities supported by student donations receive 100% of the funds from each TisBest
Charity Gift Card.
How do you select the charities you feature on the TisBest website?
TisBest National Chairities
We choose charities with national or international impact that represent a broad
array of interests so that nearly everyone will be able to find an organization
they believe in for their donation. All of our charities receive significant public
support, have demonstrated fiscal and social responsibility and have their official
financial and regulatory data subject to third-party review on guidestar.org or
charitynavigator.org. We generally feature charities with annual revenues or assets
of at least $3 million, and our team reviews the 990 Tax Forms filed by our charities
to ensure fiscal accountability.
TisBest Local Charities
We introduced our Local Charities in 2009. To select Local Charities, we asked Social
Venture Partner chapters and other similar groups to nominate charities from their
region for the Local Charities List. We sought charities that were locally operated,
focused on the local community, were admired by their peers for effectiveness and
fiscal responsibility and operated with a sustainable model.
DiscoverGiving is an awesome program, how can I help spread the word?
The best thing you can do is let your friends and the teachers in your life know
about the DiscoverGiving program. The more people that know about us, the more students
will discover ways they can have a positive impact on the world around them. Please
share your thoughts and encouragement by sending email to
and tell us why you love the program and what
else you would like to see us do. And connect with us and/or share about the program
on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Thank you!
Who is TisBest Philanthropy?
TisBest Philanthropy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering
the growth of non-material gift-giving. TisBest created charity gift cards in 2007.
Charity gift cards work like conventional gift cards, but with one important exception:
the recipient of a charity gift card "spends" it by choosing a charity to receive
With a TisBest Charity Gift Card, you make the donation and your recipient decides
how to spend the donation, choosing from TisBest's 300+ charity partners. Learn
more at www.tisbest.org.